Hi! I’m Myra!
I am the lucky mama of two vivacious young girls, and I’m married to a wonderful man who is just quirky enough to keep up with me. I’m embracing this journey, and hoping that something I learn (and subsequently blog) will simplify someone else’s journey. In my free time (HA!), I enjoy yoga, performing at renaissance faires, and planning to adopt more healthy habits… right after I finish this dessert. Or maybe the one after that.
So, why a parenting blog?
Good question! There have been a staggeringly high number of books and blogs written on the subject of raising children. It seems like everyone has an opinion, peer-reviewed evidence, or something that worked-on-them-and-they-turned-out-fine-thank-you-very-much. So why add another blog to the mix? That was the question that kept me from writing for so many years. I’ve been collecting said opinions, evidence, and things that worked on this or that person for quite a while now. I won’t tell you that this is the be all to end all of child-rearing advice, or even that it’s right for you. I have a theory that the reason that there are so many books (with conflicting advice, more often than not) is that people are generally going to buy books that sound like what they already want to hear. Some folks want to believe that one method is better than another because it feels right to them or works within their established lifestyle. There’s nothing wrong with this, exactly, except that it leaves people arguing about which expert gives the right advice. I am of the humble opinion that there’s enough fighting going on in general these days and the last thing that we should do is add to that waste of time. But I digress. The reason I’m writing this blog now is that I have this pile of information that I began collecting over a decade before I had my first child. It’s been picked over, added to, and messed with since is was a short (but at least somewhat organized) list on my PDA. Now that it’s been with me for so long, it doesn’t feel right to just delete it. I would prefer to put it in a format that might help someone else. Am I an expert? No. Absolutely not. I am a parent, I have worked with other peoples children in the past, and I do have a degree in child development. None of these things make me an expert, and if I’m being honest I am a little surprised that anyone declares themselves to be an expert in a field that is so varied and subjective as child development. Children differ so greatly from one another, even within families, that you need a multitude of approaches so that when the first few don’t work you still have something up your sleeve. So while you may get a tidbit of evidence-based information here, or the occasional reference to a developmental psychologist there, most of what you’ll read in my blog consists of suggestions from a parent who has tried her best, and is still working on it. Fair warning: Following my blog may also lead to your discovery that I’m an outright nerd, I have weird hobbies, and I’m continually trying to improve my health-habits. You may be treated to anything from actual useful information to a recipe to an occasional rant. Hope you stick with me.